May 5, 2014 (Boise, ID) –The Idaho Botanical Garden Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Wiersema as Executive Director. Wiersema was selected following a nationwide search and brings with her leadership experience in both the corporate and nonprofit arenas. She has established a record of achievement in leadership with local, regional and national charitable organizations.
Wiersema began her involvement with the Idaho Botanical Garden as a board member. In that role, she helped shape the current strategic plan which included defining the role of the Garden in the Treasure Valley, addressing sustainability and refocusing the vision for future growth.
Wiersema’s work as a board member and passion for the Garden led to her appointment in April 2013 as the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Development Lead, assisting the Garden in building a foundation and cohesive approach for effective fundraising.
Her extensive leadership skills and development background with nonprofit organizations make Wiersema ideally suited to lead the Garden into the next phases of growth. She has demonstrated the ability to work together with volunteers, staff , board members and our membership toward the realization of the Garden’s mission: To provide a full garden
experience for all ages that enhances community quality of life through plant collections, our education programs, and our entertainment, cultural and community events.
Wiersema’s passion can be seen as she talks about the Idaho Botanical Garden. “To me, the Garden represents an ever-changing, ever-growing community resource that is much more than ‘just a garden’, says Wiersema. “The Garden reflects the seasons of our lives as a place to
celebrate, and cultivate learning; a place to stimulate our mind and senses.”